Juneau, Wisconsin A well-attended awards ceremony was held February 25th, 2018 to recognize leaders in the manufacturing community, hosted by the Manufacturing Business Alliance of Dodge County, Wisconsin.  This year’s individual award winners were Trevor Aldridge, Nicole Brown, Ryan Seichter and the manufacturer award went to Mayville Engineering Company.

The Dodge County Region Manufacturing Business Alliance focuses promotions and activities around improving the talent pipeline for manufacturers in the area.  The organization which was formed five years ago, includes manufacturers who are looking to fill a range of positions at their manufacturing business.

Trevor Aldridge is the recipient of the Youth in Manufacturing award. He is a Quality Assurance Youth Apprentice at E.K. Machine Company in Fall River, Wisconsin.  He is the first apprentice in the Quality Assurance role where he has worked since July 2017. In addition to his apprenticeship, he has taken 1st place at SkillsUSA for the drafting competition. He begins his college career at the Milwaukee School of Engineering this fall.

Nicole Brown received the Career in Manufacturing Award.  She has had many careers including art and science but took a chance on manufacturing with a seat in the Moraine Park Boot Camp Program. Nicole was an excellent student at the 15-week Welding Boot Camp program and interned at Apache Stainless. She was immediately hired.  Nicole has freely given her story and support of welding and manufacturing and has been featured in magazines, television and the news.  Nicole is a talented, valued and collaborative employee-owner at Apache Stainless. 

The Manufacturing in Education Award was presented to Ryan Seichter, Tech Ed Teacher at Waupon High School.   Ryan has developed partnerships with manufacturers and local businesses to benefit his students and technical education programming. His leadership and promotion of manufacturing helped the Waupun community to support a recent school referendum to construct a new fabrication lab for the high school.

Mayville Engineering Company (MEC) was the recipient of the Manufacturing Partnership Award. MEC, which is headquartered in Mayville, Wisconsin, has operations in Beaver Dam and nationally. MEC representatives were part of the original founders of the Manufacturing Business Alliance.  The company continues to donate time, talent and funding for MBA activities and programming. They are also a contributor on the state level with CEO Bob Kamphuis completing a two-year term as Chairman of the Board for Wisconsin Manufacturers Commerce (WMC).

The MBA is organized under the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce as an official affiliate organization. Since 2013, the MBA has been engaged in providing networking between manufacturers, business and educational institutions and works directly with the Wisconsin Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin for resources and support. MBA’s activities include marketing and communication programs and public events to promote manufacturing in the greater Dodge County, Wisconsin region. http://www.dodgeregionmba.org/